Obama administration pushes back against health care repeal


Web Editor - Jay Marchmon

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama's top health care official says Republican repeal of his overhaul law would take away personal freedoms and put power back in the hands of insurance companies.

Previewing the administration's counterattack, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said Tuesday that new benefits under the law have freed millions of Americans from worry that they'll lose or be denied coverage, while making it easier for small businesses to sponsor a policy for their employees.

She said repeal "takes away all of those freedoms and shifts power back to the insurance companies."

House Republicans have scheduled a vote next week to repeal the law, calling it a job-killing mandate that raises costs all around.

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